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Head of Sydney Modern Project

NSW Government

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 10/11/2017

Job Category:

Executive / Director - Executive

Job description:

Head of Sydney Modern Project


  • Expertise in the management of complex programs and projects
  • Provide leadership and manage diverse project contributors and stakeholders
  • Senior Executive Band 1 – Term Employment (up to 5 years)


Location: Sydney


The Art Gallery of New South Wales is an executive agency under the Department of Planning and Environment.  It holds significant collections of Indigenous, Australian and International art; presents a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions involving significant loans from Australian and international collections; and manages the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills. As the state’s leading institution for the visual arts, the Gallery plays a vital role in the cultural and intellectual life of both Sydney and Australia.


Primary purpose of the role:


A once in a lifetime opportunity now exists with the Art Gallery of NSW to lead the Sydney Modern expansion project.  The Head of Sydney Modern Project leads, directs and drives the delivery of the Master Plan – Sydney Modern Project.  The role is responsible for the development, adherence and delivery of project scope, budgets, timelines and milestones, whilst engaging with key stakeholders, to meet AGNSW’s Sydney Modern Project strategic and operational objectives. The role supports the Director of Finance & Commercial Operations to deliver the program on time and on budget.


You must read the following documents prior to preparing your application:


Role description & Information Package


Essential requirements:


  • Extensive and recognised expertise in the successful management and delivery of complex programs and projects, with multiple and changing risks in complex, diverse environments
  • Substantial experience leading staff and managing diverse project contributors and stakeholders
  • Expert understanding of project management techniques and tools as well as relevant statutory and legislative requirements
  • Ability to proactively anticipate risks and develop and implement innovative and timely solutions to resolve issues
  • Proven advanced leadership and communicative skills


Our commitment to diversity:


The Department of Planning and Environment values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and those with disability.


Role status:


This constitutes term employment under section 34 of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013, and the role is based in Sydney.




To be eligible to apply for ongoing employment within the NSW Department of Planning & Environment, candidates must be an Australian citizen or have the status of permanent residence in Australia.


To apply: 


Complete all the questions in the online application and submit your resume and cover letter outlining your interest and suitability. Please include in your cover letter responses to the two (2) questions shown below. These questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (half page each).


Q1. Please provide an example of how you managed a project and communicated and collaborated with key stakeholders to solve problems and influence decision makers to successfully deliver the project.


Q2. Please outline an example from your past work that demonstrates how you anticipated potential problem/s within a project / task. How did you address the problem/s and what preventative measures did you put in place? What was the outcome?


The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. Refer to the role description for details about the key accountabilities, capabilities and the associated behaviour indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.


The Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 requires persons engaged in children related work to have a Working with Children clearances. If successful in this role you will be required to provide a Working with Children Check clearance number prior to commencing in the role. To obtain further information and to apply for a WWCC clearance please click here.


Should you require additional information prior to making an application please call Julie Rose on 0408 964 005


Applications close: 11.59 pm Sunday 26 November 2017